A One Hit Wonder


Since I was a little girl, I’ve only ever been interested in music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. My favorite cassettes growing up were Ricky Nelson, Jan & Dean and The Monkees.


The first “modern” band I ever liked was Stray Cats – because they looked and sounded like they were from the 50’s.


In high school I only listened to the oldies station & I started my lifelong obsession with The Beatles . So, needless to say, I think of myself of having a pretty deep and wide knowledge of music from those decades.


Lately I’ve been listening to an internet radio station called Retro Attic Rare Oldies Radio, which plays little known and obscure songs from the 50’s-late 70’s. I’ve heard a lot of the songs before, but there are quite a few that are new to me. A lot of these are terrible, and I don’t really feel badly that I don’t know them. 


But recently on the station I heard a song that I had never heard before that has been stuck in my head for weeks, and to me finding a new song that I like such a terrific delight.


Ariel is a one hit wonder (reaching #26 in the Billboard charts in 1977) from a singer named Dean Friedman. The song caught my attention because of the offbeat & quirky lyrics and I thought listening to his voice that it was Weird Al at first. 


The song is a classic love song, but the lyrics are peculiar, honest and realistic, the tune catchy as fuck, and I find his voice & phrasing charming. Such great harmonies, fun bass line – sax solo! What’s not to like? 


Is this song mind blowing? No.


But there is something about the song that just makes me feel happy. The cover of the album makes me happy too.  Look how shaggy and forlorn he is! Love it. 



So I thought I would share it with you. 


Have you heard this song before? 



If you haven’t, give it a listen and let me know what you think.  


Are there any songs that you have found recently that make you happy? 


Send them over!


I’m always open to finding new music – whether it be truly new, or just new to me. 



And a thank you to Dean Friedman for writing a song 40 years ago that makes a girl here in 2017 happy. 





Sundance & Art House Convergence 2017


2017 has started out quite auspiciously as I was able to attend two super cool cinephile events that I had never been to, back to back – Art House Convergence & Sundance


Since I am currently looking for a new position AND looking for help in making my next film as well, these two cinema & film centered events were perfect places to schmooze and meet folks who share the same interests. I went in with a finished DVD copy of my first film –  which was fantastic to have – and an openness to new adventures in cinema wherever they may be. I love film so much, as long as I am working with in it in someway, I’ll be happy, and I knew I would meet lots of folks that felt the same way. 


First was the Art House Convergence, held in Midway, Utah Jan 16-19. I had heard about the Convergence when I was with the New Bev, but never got the chance to attend. When my friend Anna Feder (who programs the Bright Lights Series at Emerson, and who brought the 35mm print of Out of Print out to Boston in 2015) told me she had an extra bed in her hotel for the Convergence, I jumped at the chance to tag along. The opening night film was the incredible Nacho Vigalondo’s newest Colossal, which was super cool AND I got to karaoke White Lines by Grandmaster Flash while Anna rocked out Maneater by Hall and Oates. 





I volunteered for the Convergence, which meant I “hosted” one of their conference rooms for two days of cinema related panels. I got to hear all sorts of diverse panels, from building your social media audience and fundraising for galas to – my favorite –  the After Midnite panel hosted by Mark Anastasio from the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. A man of incredible style and taste and owner of the coolest pin collection ever – see below. 






Mark talked about how seeing Holy Mountain at midnight blew his mind and made him want to focus on midnight programming – as a Jodorowsky fan myself, I totally related. 






It was super cool to meet dedicated cinema owners and programmers from all over North America, and everyone I met was incredibly kind. I ran into my chum Jessie Maltin, and had the pleasure of having dinner with her and her lovely husband and amazing parents for two nights in a row. Chatting casually about 16mm film with Leonard Maltin was pretty damn rad. 








The closing night party of the Art House Convergence was held at a resort that had an ICE CASTLE. I didn’t know these things existed, and it was absolutely magical. They played epic music and the castle changed colors and there were three ice slides. SO COOL. 



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I took the shuttle from the Art House Convergence on Jan 19 to Sundance in Park City, where I stayed through Jan 25. Again, friends came to the rescue when my BFF Teri Gamble offered to share her bed with me at the amazing condo she was staying at in Sundance, and another friend helped me in getting a super sweet badge for the festival. (I have wonderful friends!)






Teri works as PR for Media Circus/Circus Road Films, and over the course of my staying there, I got to know all of the cool folks who work there – including Adam Bowman, Glen Reynolds and Sebastian Twardosz – and their cool friends Michael Philip, Alex Ferrari  & Austin Nordell.  







I was able to see 11 films at Sundance, my very first film being an 8:30am screening of I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore. I have loved Melanie Lynskey since I saw her in Heavenly Creatures on opening day, and Elijah Wood since I was ten, so I was majorly stoked to see them act in a flick together. And they didn’t disappoint. I loved I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, loved the characters and the crazy directions it swerved into, and its very unique tone. I am so thrilled that it won the Grand Jury award – it deserved it.






I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore ended up being the film I recommended to everyone I spoke to (and I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly absolutely everyone is at Sundance!) and at the end of the day the first film I saw was the best film I saw there – even after 10 others. The others being Person to Person, LA Times, I Dream in Another Language, Before I Fall, The Discovery, Marjorie Prime, Machines, Quest, Its Not Yet Dark, Band Aid). Some of these films were very good, but nothing touched I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore for me. 


Being that I was staying in the Media Circus condo, I also got to be involved in two super duper rad events that became the highlight of my trip. The first was to get to sit in on an interview that Indie Film Hustle conducted with Spectrevision/Company X.









I’ve loved all of Spectrevision’s releases so far, and after attending the Spectrevision/Cinefamily  produced staged reading of Joe Dante’s incredible script for the Roger Corman Biopic The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes – which was AMAZING – I was so delighted to hear that they were going to produce the full film version.  Joe Dante is obviously a genius as a director, but he is also one of the nicest people I have ever met, and I am so excited for him to finally get to tell one of his amazing Corman tales on screen! 






The Indie Film Hustle interview was such fun, with Daniel Noah, Elijah Wood, Josh Waller & Lisa Whalen giggling and riffing each other, and Alex and Sebastian asking the right questions to get an honest and heartfelt answer. And I unexpectedly got a shout out in the middle of the interview, which was pretty rad. (Elijah is pointing to me off screen at 35:13 when he mentions the New Beverly – which I yelled back “They fired me!” which is why Josh is doing the finger across the throat and Elijah is saying “I Know, I know…Julia’s gonna kill me!” ) 





If I was merely interested in working with Company X before this interview, after it, I am completely determined. Their whole lookout on their jobs, on how they support their filmmakers and aren’t afraid to take chances, sounded like heaven to me. They are the producers every filmmaker dreams of meeting. So excited to see what they produce in the future. 






As if that wasn’t enough awesomeness for one day, that night those crazy Media Circus folks threw a RAGING party at the condo, for the upcoming doc On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone. I jumped right in and ended up being a bartender for the night, and it was the most fun bartending I have ever done. (And yes, I was suckered into paying for a bartending license when I first moved to LA). 







Apparently, props must be given to Tim League for inventing this game (and for just general radness), but it’s called Shot Roulette. A D20 is thrown three times, and each number corresponds to a bottle of some beverage. Three beverages are added to your shot, which you then shoot, and name. 








I say beverage because it wasn’t all booze – although there was moonshine, whiskey and all sorts of flavored liquors – there was also fish sauce, clam juice and cream of mushroom soup. I must have poured hundreds of shots during that party, and about 75% of them were absolutely repulsive, but no one refused to drink theirs. It would be against the spirit of the game! So to your health to everyone I served that night, and well done on your sense of adventure! The game is complete genius, and turned the party into an absolute blast – it was so much fun to be in the middle of it all. 





Many thanks to all of the fellows and ladies that I met during the Art House Convergence & Sundance – you were all so kind, and it was thanks to you that I had such an amazing time. It was so great to be back with cinema focused folks again, and talking about the future and its possibilities. I am so excited to go through the stack of business cards I got & get back in touch with you all – and am hopeful that one of these cards represents someone to help guide me to my next adventure – wherever that adventure may be. 













 THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to every single one of you that donated, shared and tweeted about my Independent Cinema in the UK campaign. 


I am so very chuffed to be able to not only tour along with Out of Print, but also interview some incredible British cinemas – and I got some beauties lined up! I can’t wait to share it all with you! 


I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have so many wonderful people out there who believe in me. I have a hard time believing in myself sometimes, and your support truly gives me hope.


I am going to make the best damn project I can, and work hard to make it worthy of all of your support.


Plane tickets are bought, Thundercats Are Go! 


And I want to thank all 93 of you that donated to make this project happen.


Thank you to:

Marion Kerr

Brian Crewe

Anthony Swilley

Jehangeer Sunderji

Thomas Dyer

Aoife O’Sullivan

Joe Vanourney

John Rackham

Paul Hrissikopoulos

Gill Regan

Gail Marsh

Richard Beer

Bobby Bennett

Pat & Lamar Marchese

Becky D’Anna

John Marsh

Bing Bailey

David Wirth

Lotti Knowles

Megan Riordan

Toby Miller

Danielle Hood

Eric Soto

Peter Knight

Christopher Roberts

Tyler Gray

John Duncan

Terry McCarty

Ceri Ashcroft

Dom Zook

Jeff Beeching

Ruth Ann Harnisch

Luke Doran

Lance & Lorelle Davis

Jane Pike

Chris Eibes

Kathleen Dolan

Nigel Smith

Jennifer Upton

Patton Oswalt

John Ringhoff

Darren Van Dusen

Karen Irvin

Jonathan Hatfull

Crystal Clements

Carey Kaplan

EF Contentment

Tim Davis

Courtney Joyner

Toni Posey

Rick Dominicus

Richard Martinez

Daryl Zero

Stevie Cattigan

Dallas King

Mercury Troy

Polly Rose

Anne Seabright

Anita Getzler

Maxwell Marchese

Judith Page-Leiberman

Jill Halverson

Jon Schell

Tara Judah

Taylor Posey

Duncan Carson

Annika Klein

Fergal Rock

Quentin Desert 

Andrew Gaughen

Joanne Lentino

PC Rae 

Paul Maskell 


AND a secret thank you to all of you marvelous, mysterious private & anonymous donors! 


And last but certainly not least, thank you to the folks at Go Fund Me, whose PR team helped me with press and who gave the final $250 to make sure this project succeeded. 




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Thank you.


I need to thank all of you. 


Because of you, I was able to not only make my first film, but also have it distributed. 


If you feel like you’ve been hearing about Out of Print forever – you kind of have. Can you believe that I launched my Kickstarter in 2012?


And it took four years to get to this point, the film being released on Amazon & Itunes as well as playing in independent cinemas on 35mm. 


That’s how long it takes to make a movie – from soup to nuts, and the thing I have enjoyed most about this entire process is I have learned how to make and sell a film.


I raised the money, hired the crew, scheduled the interviews, rented the equipment, drew up the contracts, interviewed the cast, bought the lunches, paid the crew, sent out the Kickstarter incentives*, filmed in London, edited the film and got the color & sound done**, had selected folks watch a rough cut and give notes, got screeners made and sent out to film festivals, got the film digitized and made into a 35mm print (!!), premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival and won the Programmer’s Award, personally toured with the film to several colleges and had wonderful Q&A’s with students, personally booked the film tour around the world, was featured on dozens of cool podcasts, was interviewed by dozens of awesome websites, was fired from the very establishment I had centered my film on, learned a hard fucking lesson about Hollywood, found a sales agent who took the film to the American Film Market, found a distributor who sold the film, and had the film premiere on VOD and be playing in independent cinemas on 35mm at the same time. 


A hearty thanks to all of you who rode along with me. 


Thank you all for all of your support and patience during these last four years. I am over the moon about the positive reviews Out of Print has gotten recently, and am so very thankful to all of you for making it happen. 


That being said, it hasn’t all been rainbows and unicorns. Losing the New Bev broke my spirit hard core, and I’m still licking my wounds. I have a film that I now look at and wish it was different – I wish I hadn’t just focused on one theater, I see the repetition in the film, the lag in the middle and a thousand other little problems with it.


But I am proud of the film I made, and love the response that it has gotten. I’m glad that my honest passion for cinema & 35mm film shines through, and that it has gotten people to be curious about that small cinema near them, and what they are watching the movie on. That was always my goal with the film, and in that I think I have succeeded. 


So what comes next? 


Los Angeles has lost some of its sparkle. 


I’m still looking for a job.


Am I going to make another film?  I hope so. 


I have a project I think would blow people’s minds.


And I have been hoping Out of Print will lead to the next film..but I don’t know. I haven’t been able to predict a thing correctly about this film yet, so let the chips fall where they may. 


But I am still so passionate about cinema, and always will be. I don’t quite know what direction to turn in these days, but whichever way I go, I am sure there is film waiting for me at the end of the road.  



*with the help of John Quinn, Daniel  Owens and Jon Schell, respectively. 


** If you donated to Out of Print’s Kickstarter and are owed a DVD, fear not! They will be  arriving by Christmas…


Out of Print Screenings!

Out of Print – coming to a theater near YOU! (If you live in Southern California)

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Well hello there! Long time no see!


I have had requests for some local screenings of Out of Print, and I am happy to oblige!


If you live in Orange County – come on down to The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana on Friday, September 4th at 7:30.


If you haven’t been to the Frida, it’s such an incredible theater and bringing true independent cinema to the OC in a fun and creative way!




If you don’t feel like crossing the Orange curtain, come the next night, Saturday, September 5th at 7:30 to the Crest Theatre in Westwood!


The Crest was built in 1940 and is a GORGEOUS cinema.




At the moment it looks as if both screenings will be on blu-ray – but it will still be big and loud and gorgeous. 


I will be in attendance for both screenings – so come on down with any questions you may have!


Also, the soundtrack – scored by my brother, Peter Marchese –  will be for sale at both screenings for $10 a pop.


Hope to see you there!


Buy tickets for the Frida show here! 

Buy tickets for the Crest show here!

Where I’m At

I feel like I need to give everyone an update of what’s been going on with the movie…sorry it’s so late, but I haven’t felt much like writing lately. Been in a kind of lethargic/super anxious haze waiting to see what will happen with Out of Print. 


This is all stream of consciousness so forgive me if things are a little slapdash. 

Man, I had no idea how brutal the whole film festival process was. As the film was rejected from festival after festival, my stress began to bulldoze higher and higher.


Sundance? No.




Hot Docs? No.


And so on and so forth. My redemption came in the form of the Sidewalk Film Festival, in Birmingham, Alabama where Out of Print will be premiering on August 23rd, followed by a panel discussing the importance of film preservation. My parents will be joining me, and I couldn’t be happier. Having them both there for my first feature film premiere is a fantastic feeling. I couldn’t have done it with out them. 


So, the film will premiere at Sidewalk, and then hopefully I can screen it at the New Beverly before the year is out!?


After that, who knows? More film festivals? Distribution? VOD stuff? A tour of revival cinemas with the film on 35mm?


Yes, It’s true, I was able to make a 35mm print of the film, thanks to the incredibly generous help of Digineg, Deluxe, Kodak and Fotokem. I actually have a 35mm print of Out of Print!! So so so happy, and still rather startled – I had no idea going into making this film that I would one day be able to shoot AND show it on FILM. 


While I have been sitting at home waiting for the rejection letters, like a draft dodger nervously checking the mailbox, I have been writing. When someone asks me what I am working on next, I want to be able to give them a wide range of options! So, in the works are: 


3 documentary pitches


3 feature films scripts


1 television show pitch


1 novel 


It’s been a strange year because after the thrill of the Kickstarter succeeding, filming the movie, editing and getting all the bits and pieces together, you send it out to be appraised and then it’s kind of out of your hands. Its hard to keep the enthusiasm going (myself as well as the fans).



The film was officially finished in 2013 and I don’t think I had watched it all the way the through for a couple of months. There was a screening at Fotokem of my print 2 weeks ago and I watched it and thought “Oh, no. This is all wrong. I made the wrong movie – I should have edited this and that……” and so on.



I’m sure every first time filmmaker goes through it. 



But I am so very excited to have it screen with a crowd – only close friends and family have seen the film so far – and i’m sure I will feel totally different about the film after that.


I hope it goes over well. 


I kind of feel like I am standing on the tippy-toe edge of a cliff, about to jump off  – and I have absolutely no idea what is waiting for me below.